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Thursday, October 30, 2008

10 Things About Steve Pavlina's "Personal Development For Smart People"

If you haven't heard of Steve Pavlina, know that he is an ordinary guy, which chose to live his life consciously. He chose to live an amazing life, instead of a boring repetition. His life story is one that shows that anyone can go from 0 and even beyond 0 to a perfect 10.

After reading the book, I just want to mention 10 things about it that I think are worth mentioning:

1. Universality

The book contains universal principles that work in any situation possible. This is one of the strengths of this book. The principles lied here will work for anyone, no matter if you are from England, Mexico, South Africa or US.

2. Inspiration

The inspiration for this book comes from Steve's own life experience. All the principles have been tested by Steve himself and this means that he knows what he is talking about. He actually started writing this book a long time ago, but he realized that the book wasn't going where he really wanted, so he just deleted 30 000 words and started fresh. This must have been a tough decision to take, but I have to say it: the book is worth all the sacrifices that Steve may have made!

3. Approach

Steve has a very different approach to personal development. He looks at things from a new, special perspective: a logical and mathematical one. This is mostly caused by his background in a computer gaming business. Because of this approach, this book is truly different from anything else you might have read about personal development. After you read the book, you will understand why.

4. Style

The author style of writing resembles a lot with a conversation. When you are reading this book, you feel like you are actually talking to a good friend. Steve did a great job in connecting with his reader.

5. Theory

The theoretical part is great. Although the book goes into depth in explaining essential principles of life, Steve keeps it simple, so that anyone can understand what he is trying to say.

6. Practice

The book not only has theoretical parts, but also practical ones. It is full with exercises, tips and tricks you can quickly implement in your life to make a difference.

7. Challenge

The book challenges you to analyze the life that you are currently living and see if it's what you truly desire. If you feel that what you are doing right now is not quite what you truly desire, then this book is exactly what you need to figure things out.

8. Hype free

"Personal Development for Smart People" is a hype free personal development book. It doesn't promise false results, quick wealth or anything like that. Steve points out that the change will only come from applying what you read, not just by reading it. It doesn't say you will get this and that if you do this, the book is only a guide that you must follow. But this guide can take you to the life you want and deserve, if you put it to action.

9. Head vs Heart

Most books about personal development are focused mainly on the "heart" part, meaning that they give you inspiration and motivation. "Personal Development For Smart People" does exactly the opposite, it addresses to mind. What do I mean by this is you get a 'head-down' approach, which reaches deeply but does it so not from the heart but the head.

10. Complete

I think there is no such thing as a complete book, but this one comes pretty close to it, in my opinion.

This are my 2 cents about Steve's book, and Steve, if you are reading this, congratulations! I give you a perfect 10, not only for the book, but especially for the life that you chose to live and you are living!

I embrace you,
Razvan Dobre

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  1. I just read Steve's book too. There really is no other book like it; he's done a fantastic job covering as much ground and theory as he has, and it feels uplifting to read. I didn't find it as exciting as his blog, but if you're new to personal development, this book will help you to develop strength, motivation, and purpose.

  2. What I am finding in Steve's book is that his personal development is a process. Nothing 'instant'. And don't we disbelieve in anything that claims to 'instantanelously change us'? As I outline in my book, by working on oursleves our outer world changes.
    Nancy Wylde


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